Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. ~Hebrews 12:1 NIV
In order to run or contend in our race toward eternity with Jesus, scripture admonishes us to “throw off“:
- All things which hinders focus on our mark;
- Entangling sin(s)
While sin seems clear enough, as Christians we often disregard the “everyday” things in our lives which have become sin. Hindrances are also described as “weights,” such as family problems, financial difficulties and the like. However, tipping the scales to the opposite side, wealth and fleshly indulgences can be weights-hindrances.
In Ray & Anne Ortlund’s book, Lord, Make My Life a Miracle, Ray writes:
Your danger and mine is not that we become criminals, but rather, that we become respectable, decent, commonplace, mediocre Christians…The twenty-first-century temptations that really sap our spiritual power are the television, banana cream pie, the easy chair, and the credit card. Christian, you will win or lose in those seemingly innocent little moments of decision.1
This leads me to consider carefully when choosing my top priorities in life. Things we cherish most, generally, become our focus. Or weight. Sin.
How about you? Are there things in your life you could throw off of your top ten favorites? Or add? I certainly know there are in mine.
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1 Ray and Anne Ortlund, Lord Make My Life a Miracle (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2002), 130-31.
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Today’s five minute Friday topic is” Dive…”
Taking a look at all the opportunities life affords us in this new year can often times be a bit overwhelming. What to do? Should I do this or that, or the other thing.
After prayerful consideration of what your hearts desire is, which by the way, when seeking is given by God, dive right in with your whole heart.
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. ~Psalms 37:4
God will meet you there. Your sisters will stand by your side, beckoning you to continue to move forward when you spring up from the initial dive.
Grab a hold of the horns or the altar of God and hang on in prayer as He orders your footsteps. One step at a time. Holding your hand, guiding you. He will stand beside your sailing ship and call for you to come. Trust Him with your hearts desire. Dive, and He will help you walk on water.
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“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
As we enter harvest time – Thanksgiving – a key unlocks a door to our hearts. A reminder. A counting of blessing. Thankfulness.
Throughout the year, we offer praise and thanksgiving, but we do not number or “count” our thanksgiving to God for His blessings. We testify, praise Him and move on.
What would our lives be like if everyday, in all things we gave thanks – consciously. Much like the Joy Dare. A gift given throughout the pages of Ann Voskamp’s purposeful search for daily joy, in her book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.
Scripture let’s us know thanks is the “will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
When we seek His face, with thanksgiving; peace – a calm; stillness sweeps in and over us. Answers to problems or huge heaps in front of you move. All because it is His will concerning you.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
Do you count your blessings and give thanks in everything? Do you feel peace and wholeness when you offer genuine thanks unto God? Please discuss in the comments section.
see you around the path ~Debra
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